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97. Re: No subject Aug 21, 2006, 12:24 CJ_Parker
I always remember reading that in Switzerland the firearms laws are even more liberal than in the US - the militia must have their service weapons at home, including the assault rifles that all (?) 21-32 year olds are given by the government. For a population of 6m there is anything between 1.2 and 3m guns. Yet they have some of the lowest violent crime figures in the world. Their politicians, etc. don't usually have heavy security. Yes, switzerland is super rich, so the poverty/crime link is less prevalent. But it's not the whole story.

It's a shame Bowling for Columbine didn't focus on that stuff more before it veered terribly off course to a NRA-bashing tedium.

Switzerland = bad comparison. It's true that anyone who was in the military gets issued an assault rifle but there are rather strict rules like you have to keep it locked up at home, safely out of reach of anyone else but you.

Secondly, Switzerland is 90% like bumfuck Wyoming. Small settlements/villages in the mountains. Switzerland is also a rich and wealthy country. Problems like drug abuse, drug dealing and all the other usual criminal crap is limited to only a handful of larger cities like Zurich, Basel, Bern, Geneva and (maybe) Zug and Luzern.

You just totally can't compare that to all of the United States. You'd need to take it to a state by state level and compare Switzerland to e.g. Wyoming as I said or some other scarcely populated, mountainous region in the US like Oregon or Washington state or something like that.
Switzerland is definitely not a safe(r) place because of guns.

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